Docker Alternatives and Similar Software

Docker makes deploying your entire development environment easier and portable than many other container software. Many developers swear by Docker's ease of use when compared to other container software. Docker is capable of virtualization, as are many of its alternatives.

Docker is available for all major operating systems, though there are alternatives to Docker with self-hosting options, as well as on systems running FreeBSD.

The list of alternatives was last updated: 4/27/2020 2:58:00 PM

Alternatives to Docker for all platforms with any license

  • Nanobox

    Nanobox is the ideal platform for developers. Taking on the role of DevOps, so you don't have to, Nanobox does all your infrastructure creation, configuration, and management, so you're able to focus on code, not config. Create consistent, isolated, development environments that are easily shareable with anyone, and can be deployed to any host (AWS, Digital Ocean, Azure, Google, etc.). Easily manage production applications with the Nanobox dashboard.

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  • rkt

    rkt is the next-generation container manager for Linux clusters. Designed for security, simplicity, and composability within modern cluster architectures, rkt discovers, verifies, fetches, and executes application containers with pluggable isolation. rkt can run the same container with varying degrees of protection, from lightweight, OS-level namespace and capabilities isolation to heavier, VM-level hardware virtualization.

    • Discontinued
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    Free Open Source Linux

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  • Singularity

    Singularity creates a virtual environment for applications without the performance penalties associated with virtual machines. Best of both worlds: it simplifies the deployment of applications across different clusters and supercomputers by avoiding the laborious process of rehosting those applications for each distinct environment, without requiring a virtualized hardware layer.

    • Lightweight, very easy to setup. Moving containers between servers is as easy as copying a file. lgibelliApr 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • Podman

    podman is a daemonless container runtime for managing containers, pods, and container images. It is intended as a counterpart to CRI-O, to provide low-level debugging not available through the CRI interface used by Kubernetes. It can also act as a container runtime independent of CRI-O, creating and managing its own set of containers.

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • LXC Linux Containers

    LXC, acronym for Linux Containers, is a lightweight Linux kernel based virtualization solution, which practically runs on top of the Operating System, allowing you to run multiple isolated distributions the same time. The difference between LXC and KVM virtualization is that LXC doesn’t emulates hardware, but shares the same kernel namespace, similar to chroot applications.

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • OpenVZ

    OpenVZ is container-based virtualization for Linux. OpenVZ creates multiple secure, isolated Linux containers (otherwise known as VEs or VPSs) on a single physical server enabling better server utilization and ensuring that applications do not conflict. Each container performs and executes exactly like a stand-alone server; a container can be rebooted independently and have root access, users, IP addresses, memory, processes, files, applications, system libraries and configuration files.

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  • FreeBSD Jails

    The FreeBSD jail mechanism is an implementation of operating system-level virtualization that allows system administrators to partition a FreeBSD-based computer system into several independent mini-systems called jails.

    • Great tools and documentation, they have been around for much longer than docker and are a more mature solution. Guest • May 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Client

    The Client allows you to package apps and their dependencies into a lightweight, isolated virtual environment called a "container." Containerized apps can be run on any machine that has the appropriate Client installed without affecting the underlying OS. This eliminates installs, conflicts, breaks, and missing dependencies. Developers can: - Develop and package apps in isolated containers that contain all dependencies, including runtimes such as .

    • It is the only solution that runs an OS other than Linux. JohnDangerbrooksMar 2020 Disagree   Agree

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